Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Joe Hunter (1930-2007)
Pioneer Motown pianist Joe Hunter passed away this morning in Detroit. Hunter was one of the members of the Funk Brothers, an agregation that has played together on more hit records than Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. Joe Hunter was the first pianist to be hired by Berry Gordy for his Motown record label during its infancy. Hunter was the driving force behind Smokey Robinson and The Miracles huge hit "You Really Got A Hold On Me" as well as Martha Reeves and The Vandellas "Love Is Like A Heat Wave" and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is( To be loved by you). Hunter joins other Funk Brother alumni like Pistol Allen and Johnny Griffin who did not make the Motown transition from Detroit to Los Angeles.